What’s your idea of a mid-range price?
It would probably be better if you stated an overall budge, but make sure its an actual budget and not a hypothetical one that you idealize but aren’t sure you’d actually spend.
The reason is why is that tom mics show a diminishing return at a lower price point than overheads which are really the key to getting a meaningful drum sound. So if necessary, your’e better off with low end tom mics and decent overheads than you are putting mid level mics on everything.
If the drum set is even remotely decent, you want a 52 or a D112 inside that thing, but that’s really a higher end kick mic. So I think the best way to get advice is to toss a number out and let people juggle the options within the figure. I’ll give you some ballpark figures to get you started:
A box of Nady DMK’s will get you everything for $200. Pyle and CAD also make a sub $200 set of drum mics.
The next step up I think would be to loose the condenser mics in one of those cheapy packs and upgrade to a low end pair of SDC’s. Add another couple hundred dollars.
If you buy everything used and find good deals on it, you need about $700 to get going. This is what I would call mid-level. Pair of 81’s for $500, D112 for $150 and some OSP DL330s which are SM57 clones on everything else. But my idea of mid-tier (which is the bottom bucket bare minimum that I would personally use myself) may be different than other peoples idea of mid-tier.
Mid upper end
Here’s where you’re commercial end, but decent though not extravegant. Would probably mean beta 98s and 421’s on toms with Neumann overheads (or Blue in my case) and higher end room set. Can start experimenting with higher end kick mics like D12’s. Need about $3000 to go here if you buy all used and only catch sales.
Upper end…probably irrelevant to the discussion